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• "We said there's no chance that's happening. There’s no chance we’ll even discipline him." — NBA commissioner Adam Silver regarding China’s request that the league fire Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey

• "The losses have already been substantial. Our games are not back on the air in China as we speak, and we'll see what happens next. I don't know where we go from here. The financial consequences have been and may continue to be fairly dramatic." — NBA commissioner Adam Silver at the Time 100 Summit on Thursday regarding the league’s on-going situation with China.

• Showtime Sports will launch on Oct. 21 a weekly podcast, All The Smoke with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, in which the two NBA veterans (now retired) and NBA champs (Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, respectively), will “deliver an authentic, unfiltered perspective on the most polarizing topics in and around the game of basketball.”  It will air Thursdays on the Showtime Basketball YouTube Channel.  

• Bluberi Gaming has signed a deal with WWE to develop a series of licensed slot games featuring WWE Superstars and Legends. Among those to be featured include John Cena, Triple H, Becky Lynch, Roman Reigns and Ronda Rousey. The first WWE series of slot games is scheduled to hit casinos October 2020.

• HarperCollins Publishers said it has acquired world rights to Back, the first memoir authored by Tiger Woods. According to Woods, “This book is my definitive story. It’s in my words and expresses my thoughts.” A publication date was not given.

• Turner Sports’ eLeague has signed a deal with tech solutions and services provider CDW to “create enhanced fan experiences across eLeague’s properties on TV, digital, social and in-arena.” The alliance also names CDW an “official arena partner” for eLeague and the Rocket League Championship Series. Full story here

• Halloween this year is Oct. 31, and retailers, marketers and consumers are ready for another season of trick-or-treat. Total spend on Halloween 2019 is expected to reach $8.8 billion according to the National Retail Federation, Washington, DC. Full story here. 

• The Paley Center for Media, NY, will honor the 100th season of the NFL with a new exhibit: "A Century of Football: Celebrating the NFL’s 100th Season," free and open to the public (thru Oct. 27).

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• Pat Benatar
• Dave Matthews Band
• Depeche Mode
• Doobie Brothers
• Whitney Houston
• Judas Priest
• Kraftwerk
• MC5
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• Nine Inch Nails
• Notorious B.I.G.
• Rufus feat. Chaka Khan
• Todd Rundgren
• Soundgarden
• T. Rex
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Most Popular NBA Player Jerseys (based on eBay sales October 2018-October 2019)
1. LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
4. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
5. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
6. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
7. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
8. Zion Williamson New Orleans Pelicans
9. Carmelo Anthony (most recently with Houston Rockets)
10. Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets

Most Popular Player Merchandise (based on eBay sales October 2018-October 2019)
1. LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
2. Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
3. Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets
4. Kyrie Irving Brooklyn Nets
5. Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks
6. Paul George Los Angeles Clippers
7. James Harden Houston Rockets
8. Dwyane Wade Miami Heat (retired)
9. Kawhi Leonard Los Angeles Clippers
10. Russell Westbrook Houston Rockets
SOURCE: STUBHUB.COM

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Weekend Box Office Oct. 11-13
1. Joker $55M
2. Addams Family $30.3M
3. Gemini Man $20.5M
4. Abominable $6.2M
5. Downton Abbey $4.9M
6. Hustlers $3.9M
7. Judy $3.3M
8. It 2 $3.2M
9. Jexi $3.1M
10. Ad Astra $1.9M
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Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
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Channel Chasers

NFL UK 2019
• Oct. 6 Chicago Bears v Oakland Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 13 Carolina Panthers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
• Oct. 27  Cincinnati Bengals v Los Angeles Rams Wembley Stadium
• Nov. 3 Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars Wembley Stadium

NFL Mexico 2019
• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca (ESPN Monday Night Football).

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Oct042013

Charles Barkley Brings Back CDW IT Nerd Role And Brings A Quarterback With Him

By Barry Janoff

October 3, 2013: Charles Barkley is an ex-NBA player who was enshrined in the Hall of Fame and now is known for his analyst role during NBA and March Madness games.

But somewhere deep down is an IT guy busting to come out, a role that has been given another life thanks to technology solutions firm CDW.

Barkley stars in a new series of commercials for the Vernon Hills, Ili.-based company, his third go-round for CDW. This time, though, he has company — Doug Flutie, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1984 as quarterback for Boston College and played in the NFL, Canadian Football League and U.S. Football League during a 20-year professional career.

The new campaign, "The Dome," includes a series of spots about the fictional company of Gordon & Taylor, which, supported by CDW, "deploys technology solutions that deliver the ultimate fan experience and team performance on and off the field."

The campaign will break on ESPN during Monday Night Football, with the spots then going into regular rotation national TV. Support includes radio, print, Internet and social media. Lead agency is Ogilvy & Mather, Chicago.

The jock-IT nerd role is a reprisal for Barkley from a campaign unveiled by CDW in 2012 under the umbrella theme "People Who Get IT." He first appeared in "The Ringer" to help fictitious company Gordon & Taylor win a corporate basketball league championship, and then came back in the “Client Golfer,” where he won new business by losing to clients on the golf course.

During March Madness this year, Barkley came back for CDW as the "Road Warrior," showing how CDW technology can aid businesses "with the latest technology products and mobility solutions."

According to CDW, "The Dome" campaign theme allows the firm to "showcase the latest Total Mobility Management, data center optimization, cloud computing and converged infrastructure solutions, among others. Partner solutions from Intel and Lenovo, among others, are featured, along with the CDW capabilities that power them."

Among the TV spots:

• In "Go Long" Barkley and the CEO for fictitious Gordon & Taylor are seeking IT solutions. Flutie has been brought in as a consultant. "Go long," he advises, a reference to his legendary last-second  "Hail Mary" pass in 1984 while at Boston College to defeat Miami on national television. The advise won't work here, though, and Flutie is sent packing.

• "Dome of Dreams" finds the Gordon & Taylor team in a stadium to which it has bought naming rights and is powered by CDW solutions.

• In "Cheerleaders," Barkley and crew have too much time on their hands because CDW has resolved so many problems, so one of them decides to become a cheerleader, much to the dismay of the others.

• Barkley shows off his football chops in "More Productive," in which his game plan is to "go with a West Coast offense, an open backfield, up tempo, baby!" The HP EliteBook, however, ultimately provides real solutions.

• "HP Printer Faster Than A T-Shirt Cannon" sees Barkley shooting quarterly reports and other important data that has been printed on T-shirts into the stands, only to find that an HP Printer is a more efficient way to distribute the information.

• Barkley dons a mascot outfit to excite the crowd in "Fired Up On Converged Infrastructure Solutions," but the IT team prefers to get excited by converged infrastructure solutions from CDW.

"The creative concept for 'The Dome' campaign aligns with our extensive experience deploying technology solutions across major professional sports facilities, and it ties together CDW's capabilities in a memorable way," Neal Campbell, svp and CMO for CDW, said in a statement. "If we can enable Gordon & Taylor to build the most technologically advanced stadium in the world, imagine what we can do for your business. Charles Barkley, and now Doug Flutie, help us highlight technology solutions that deliver a better experience, improve business performance and boost productivity."

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